Spammers Willing to Negotiate?

I’ve just received an irrelevant comment on one of my old blog entries, which was both suspicious and intriguing at the same time. It says [verbatim]:

hello , my name is Richard and I know you get a lot of spammy comments ,
I can help you with this problem . I know a lot of spammers and I will ask them not to post on your site. It will reduce the volume of spam by 30-50% .In return Id like to ask you to put a link to my site on the index page of your site. The link will be small and your visitors will hardly notice it , its just done for higher rankings in search engines. Contact me icq 454528835 or write me tedirectory(at)yahoo.com , i will give you my site url and you will give me yours if you are interested. thank you

I marked it as spam and deleted it anyway. Sending email to these kinds of people would probably get me more spam, IMO. If ever they get a hold of my email address with the message they told me to send them, I would have just invited them to spam me more.

I just wonder if this offer is for real. I usually abide by the unwritten rule that says, If it is too good to be true, it must be spam.[1] But, I also think they have an eye for my Google PageRank. Even if I’d like less spam, I really don’t want to trust they’d fulfill their side of the agreement.[2] That makes it too good to be true, as well. So, I decided …

… I still won’t give them anything. Would you?

Footnote:

  1. ^ Ok, so I guess it is now written. Heh.
  2. ^ Besides, I have my trusty Akismet and Bad Behavior.

10 Replies to “Spammers Willing to Negotiate?”

  1. It looks very suspicious.

    Oh yeah, I have this problem – Akismet has been marking my comments as spam in certain sites. Do you know how I may be able to work around this?

  2. Very suspicious! You are better off using plug-ins that will eat spam for you.

    If you agreed and added a link, won’t it be seen that you are linking to a spammer’s website? and you have no guarantee whatsoever that the comment spams will stop. ^_^

  3. I also received the same comment/message a couple weeks ago. I’m gonna post about it too but it would include other spam comments that I got that are unique.

    You made the right decision by not replying. 🙂

  4. Lexie, I actually do not know. I encounter that problem with other sites as well. Maybe it is because spammers say almost anything possible that anything within the same sense becomes spam in the eye of Akismet.

    Allen, I thought so, too. I’d also risk my Adsense earnings once Google see me linking to spam or MFA sites that way.

    Jaypee, thanks. I’ve actually received another interesting comment similar to that one. But, it was saved on my Linux installation (whose ext3 file system Windows cannot read by default). I guess it would be for a follow-up entry.

    Weng, spammers do stuff like these to earn money the wrong and annoying way. Spam links are also used to distribute malicious software (trojan horses, adware, spyware, worms and viruses). The latter reason probably has more into it than just distribution—that I do not know.

  5. Advertising at other people’s blogs/sites could also be considered as spamming. It’s good you didn’t buy that kind of thing.

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